|Kim Đức Ca Quán, which consists of artisan Phó Thị Kim Đức and other Hanoian ca trù singers and instrumentalists, will stage concerts at Phù Sa Lab. — Photo hanoigrapevine.com |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The experimental music centre Phù Sa Lab will host a ca trù (ceremonial singing) concert of Kim Đức Ca Quán (Kim Đức Singing Troupe) on Saturday.
Kim Đức Ca Quán was founded by 88-year-old artisan Phó Thị Kim Đức. Đức was raised in a family of famous artists of the genre, which is an intangible culture heritage recognised by UNESCO.
In the early years of the 20th century, her grandparents opened a ca trù theatre and set up a ca trù school.
Đức was taught and trained to sing ca trù by her grandmother when she was seven years old. When she was 12 years old, she became a professional ca trù singer, performing together with her father and brother in famous theatres in Khâm Thiên Street until peace returned to Việt Nam in 1954.
In 1960 she started teaching traditional singing at the Hà Nội University of Theatre and Cinema. She then worked for the Traditional Music Department of The Voice of Vietnam until her retirement.
In the last years of the 20th century, the artist joined an art ensemble of French choreographer Thủy Ea Sola to tour 11 countries and performed her vocals and castanet playing.
Tickets for the concert cost VNĐ500,000 (including dinner and a drink). The concert will start at 7pm. Phù Sa Lab is at 21/52 Tô Ngọc Vân Street, Tây Hồ District. Bookings should be made 24 hours in advance.
Kim Đức Ca Quán will also have two other concerts at Phù Sa Lab next month, on July 7 and 21. — VNS